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INDONESIAN SUPREME COURT GRANTS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

03/13/2017

Two months ago Forest Watch Indonesia took a freedom of information request to that coutnry's Supreme Court in order to better monitor for illegal activity. The Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning had previously agreed to release information on the location of the forest concessions, but refused to release the title of the permit holder, claiming it was a violation of privacy. Last week, the Indonesian Supreme Court ordered the government to release information on land where palm oil companies have license to operate, including who holds the rights to each parcel of land. Forest Watch Indonesia is planning to upload the documents to its website once they are released. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/03/indonesian-supreme-court-orders-jokowi...